The Gloss/Stain Hybrid Goes Drugstore: L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain

Will it live up to YSL’s version?
L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain promises “a stain that thinks it’s a gloss,” meaning the staying power of a stain with a non-drying glossy shine. Sound familiar? Yeah, pretty much the same premise as our summer obsession, YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture, but a third of the price. So while I doubted this drugstore version would be as good, it was obviously worth a shot for just $10. So, as a pink lipstick fan, I obviously dove for the Rose On and On shade. 
Minutes after applying, we have a shiny wet pink stain
The first thing I noticed when opening the tube was the scent. It is … let’s see how to best word it … a bit chemical-ly? Or medicinal? Not something I’d necessarily want to put directly onto my mouth, but for the love of research, I did. Surprisingly though, it didn’t have a weird taste, which is always a good sign. After a couple of coats, I felt the gloss sort of vacuum-seal to my lips. I suppose that’s the formula locking into place, and let’s be real– it’s always nice to feel a product working. The result? I was left a super-shiny pink pout that I quite liked, almost like a stepped-up neutral. 

A couple hours later, a blotty, shine-free pink stain
A couple hours, and a lot of hummus and pita chips later, this (above) is what remained. The wet shininess was gone, and a pink stain– albeit an uneven one that was darker in some spots than others– remained. Not a terrible deal for $10. I mean, it’s pretty easy to pull off a pink stain that might not be perfectly uniform, but I’m curious to see what the deeper shades in the line look like after a few hours of wear. I’d still recommend YSL’s gloss/stain hybrid over this one, but if you’re looking for a more wallet-friendly option (and don’t mind a slightly off-putting smell), go for the L’Oreal. 
~J
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